Hello everyone. Here it is the beginning of another week with still no rain. We need to pray that the possibility of some moisture forecast for some time this week will come to fruition in our neck of the woods. It is so hot that my garden plants are standing in limbo as if to say, “If you think I’m going to produce any vegetables that will amount to much in this hotter than hot weather, you’ve got another think coming. It’s all I can do to just to stand up and stay alive with what water I can slurp up before it evaporates.” So let’s put RAIN at the top of our prayer list.
Hymns led by Gary Lirley began the Church service at Red Bank. Jerry Huff gave the morning welcome to members and guest. Everyone was reminded of the Fifth Sunday singing to be held at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church on August 31 st. For the evening service, the women of our church will meet for their special time of devotion beginning at 5:30. The men and children will have some time together playing games until 6:30 then the ladies will join them for a potluck meal. A birthday, mission offering was given by Eloise Hallmark. Jerry Huff is on our prayer list for healing. He is undergoing Chemo and Radiation treatments for Cancer. He has been able to cope with his treatments so far, and he now has an appropriate hair cut for this hot weather. Jerry, not many men look that great bald, but you are one of the lucky ones. Hang in there. Soon all the guys will be jealous that you have a full head of hair that will probably be in your original color. I hope you will forgive me for teasing you a little. We love you and are praying for your full recovery.
Text for the morning sermon was taken from Luke 16:23-31. In this parable Jesus described the rewards of a rich man who cared nothing for others, including his family, but only for the earthly treasures he could gather for himself. He also told of the rewards of a beggar named Lazarus, who remained faithful to God, even though he had been mistreated by the rich man and others. After death had come to the rich man, he found himself in a place of hot torment called, Hades, and a great gulf fixed between him and the beggar who died and could be seen in the comfort of Abraham’s bosom. In life, the rich man seemed to have no thought of his or his brother’s souls, but only had his heart and eyes set on the riches he could gain for himself. From Hades, he begged Abraham to send someone from the dead to warn his brothers to repent before they ended up in eternal torment also. “But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’” (Vs. 31) Like Brother Lauren quoted, from an author unknown to him, “Hell is nothing more than truth known too late.” Jesus said it this way in Matthew 16:26, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (NJKV) Put God first in your life and reap His rewards.
When in Wal-Mart one day last week, I had the pleasure of visiting with my niece, Rocca Wilson, and my cousin, Ellen Everett. Even though our visits were short, it was great to hear that each one was doing great. Ellen reported the wonderful news that she had been declared cancer free. I am so happy for her. She gives God the praise for her clean bill of health and so do I. God is so good.
Visiting with Maxine Lirley several days last week were Gary and Alice Lirley and Jeane Huff. I took Maxine some tomatoes from my garden. She loves tomatoes with a little sweetener on them. One can’t beat the taste of a home grown tomato.
We heard from our daughter, Mitzi, that her son, Ben, is now enrolled and will soon begin his first semester in College. We will be praying for his success. He is a wonderful, talented young man.
That’s all the news for now folks. Take care. Someone once said, “Live each day as it were our last. One day we will be right!”